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The journey home – 'home' still being the word I instinctively use for the house I grew up in, atop of wild Welsh hillside, even if today it's where I go to escape everyday life – begins with bustle. The battle on the Tube with a case, the dash around Euston juggling handbag-paper-coffee-lunch. It's wise to stock up: the journey to Pen-y-Bont takes over four hours, via Crewe and Shrewsbury. It's very much not the route a crow would fly...

Man found dead after being swept away as flash floods cause chaos across Britain

The body of a man has been found after he was swept away by a flash flood in Shropshire.

Potato buyer jailed for £9m Sainsbury's potato scam

A Sainsbury's potato buyer who funded a millionaire's lifestyle by taking part in a scam that stole money from the supermarket giant was jailed for four years today.

Pregnant art teacher was unfairly sacked

An art teacher at an independent girls' school who was sacked after becoming pregnant has won her case of unfair dismissal.

The rare celestial display will not be visible again until 2117 and 2125

Astronomers around the UK prepare to see a rare celestial display – the transit of Venus

Stargazers will hope the clouds part tomorrow at 5am to allow them to see the planet cross the Sun

Earthquake hits market town of Ludlow

An earthquake hit the market town of Ludlow today, the British Geological Survey said.

Hundreds of thousands of 11-year-olds leaving primary school unable to swim

More than 200,000 11-year-olds quit primary school every year unable to swim, according to a report out today.

Friends pay tribute to girl killed at campsite

Tributes poured in yesterday for a teenage girl who was killed in a campsite tragedy, thought to have been caused by a disposable barbecue.

Teenage girl dies at Bucknell campsite

A teenage girl has died at a campsite and three other people were taken to hospital with suspected carbon monoxide poisoning.

Teenage girl dies at Shropshire campsite

A teenage girl has died at a campsite and three other people have been taken to hospital with suspected carbon monoxide poisoning.

Police quesion man after Tottenham Court Road office siege

Detectives were continuing today to question a 48-year-old man arrested following a siege in central London.

Letters: Underachievers lack help at home

You write "Teachers do not always know best" (leading article, 6 April); so who knows better? As a retired teacher, whose family has served state education continuously since the late 1800s, and with a brother and sister-in-law both primary heads and a daughter teaching in a secondary school, I believe that my experience enables me to have an opinion.

Pregnant woman relives machete raid ordeal

A pregnant woman has described how she was left "terrified" by machete-wielding burglars who tied her to a chair after threatening her three-year-old son.

Video: Broken wrist boy receives letter and shirt from Wayne Rooney

During the warm-up ahead of Manchester United's victory over Wolves at Molineux earlier this month, Wayne Rooney inadvertently broke the wrist of a nine-year-old boy.

Simon Kelner: Twitterspeak evolved too late for Darwin, thankfully

Our world is a frantic, intellectually combustible place. Opinions are 10 a penny in the age of Twitter. Mature reflection does not play a major part in public discourse. Knee-jerk reaction?

Wayne Rooney at Molineux

Wayne Rooney apologises for nine-year-old's broken wrist

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has apologised to a nine-year-old football fan after he fired a stray shot into the crowd which broke the youngster's wrist.

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